Last week, Thursday morning, to be precise, I was getting ready for work and glanced out the bedroom window, which looks onto our backyard. There I saw two bunnies in close proximity to one another. They were palling around, one of them snacking on dandelion stalks. As I watched, I paid close attention to how the rabbit was eating the dandelions. S/he nipped them off at the base and nibbled them up as though they were stiff spaghetti noodles, allowing the heads to fall to the ground. (Apparently dandelion heads are not tasty to bunnies.)
Suddenly, the dandelion muncher ran and lunged at the other rabbit, who made a flying leap over the running-mate, and both dashed to the side of the yard. During this escapade, I spotted another rabbit hanging out in our stand of Chinese elms. Three bunnies in the backyard was unusual, so I went to the living room to retrieve Hubby for a look-see. When he peered out the bedroom window, he saw four rabbits, maybe five, between our yard and the neighbor’s. He made a comment about them breeding like, well, rabbits and returned to the living room.
As I continued to get ready, I kept glancing out the window. Our cats, meanwhile, were dozing on the bed, all three of them, which is almost as unusual as having a passel full of bunnies in the backyard. The cats, however, were not as impressed with the active bunnies as I was. They didn’t take notice of the backyard shenanigans until a scruffy white neighborhood cat showed up. The cat was stalking the bunnies and had three of them lined up in our yard at one point. The bunnies were frozen. If they thought they were fooling anyone into thinking they were invisible, they were wrong.
Two of the rabbits were equidistant from the cat, who stood at the edge of the Chinese elm forest and looked first at one and then the other, obviously making a decision on which would be easier to catch. The cat made its move and the bunnies scattered. There would be no Hossenfeffer stew today. The cat poked around the edges of the yard, giving an air of nonchalance about its failure.